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Join Pioneer as a Journeyman Lineman

Lineman First Class

  • Conveys the Cooperative’s mission and beliefs to members and must adhere to the Cooperative’s safety rules and practices, including cybersecurity initiatives.
  • Works under general or direct supervision, performs diversified construction work and maintains poles, power lines, and auxiliary facilities and equipment for the transmission of distribution (12.47 kV) electricity. Performs numerous diverse operations which require frequent adaptation of complete lineman skills.
  • Energizes and de-energizes distribution lines (7.2/12.5 kV) for construction, maintenance and repairs, uses back feeds where warranted and includes operating line switches, locating and repairing faults on primary, secondary and street lighting circuits, re-fusing line and transformer cut out fuses, changing line and transformer taps and phasing out and paralleling circuits, both overhead and underground.
  • Assists in substation operation and specialized maintenance. Operates switches at transmission level voltage to energize and de-energize substations and uses all tools, devices, vehicles, mechanical aids, material, and equipment common to line craft operations.
  • Assists other crew members in loading of materials for work assignments, performing a wide range of related work as required or directed, and instructing linemen trainees.
  • Must be able to complete but is not limited to the following tasks: Reads and interprets maps, specifications, engineering staking sheets and complex diagrams, clear right-of-ways, performs minor landscaping, concrete, asphalt repairs and complete oil PCB clean-up procedures as directed. Must be able to complete tasks related to reporting investigations of consumer service inquiries and outages; connecting temporary services; connecting and disconnecting energized primary lines and converting temporary to permanent service; tracing and locating buried cable; installing and reading recording voltmeters; installing and maintaining poly-phase power transformer banks and visually checking and repairing lines, poles, insulators, regulators, switches, cross arms, transformers, service entrances and clear right-of-ways due to damages or unsafe conditions.
  • Responsible for accurate inventory control and reporting for supplies and material used.
  • Must be available for, actively participate and promptly respond to, according to established standards, for unscheduled overtime work.
  • Performs computer tasks as required including retrieving and viewing maps, completing time sheets, performing work orders, interacting with the after-hours call center for outages and consumer inquiries and communicating with members and employees of the Cooperative.
  • Must be self-directed in switching at substations including operation of regulators and reclosers. Additionally, will have demonstrated ability with mechanical and electrical troubleshooting with regulators, reclosers and switches. Good communication and paperwork skills. Strong troubleshooting skills in control wiring and the ability to demonstrate knowledge in using a wide range of voltmeters, ampmeters, multimeters and power watt meters for radio systems. Must be able to read and interpret wiring schematics and to be able to use various test sets in order to test electronic controls and to perform calibration of radios and other equipment. Assists Electronic Technician with duties.
  • Operates as a one-person service crew performing all duties listed in this position description except contact work on primary conductors and installing and removing transformers.
  • Responsible for following all safety procedures and policies outlined in job procedures, the policy manual, through training classes and safety meetings. Participates in job training and tailgate meetings and performs all duties and tasks in a safe manner.
  • Performs other similar or less skilled work.
Position Requirements
  • Minimum of four years of progressive on-the-job work and technical training in all line work.
  • Must have sufficient physical health to perform the duties and responsibilities.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Ohio Class A CDL without “L” restriction and operate a motor vehicle on public roads.
  • Must possess and maintain pole top and bucket rescue certification and CPR and First Aid training certification.
  • Requires working both inside and outside the office, and may require irregular working hours, especially during outages. Involves exposure to oil, dirt, water, weather extremes, and major exposure to energized line hazards.
  • Requires frequent work primarily with the fingers and hands. The position also requires walking, standing, pulling, pushing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, crouching, and handling.
  • May require some lifting of up to 100 lbs. on occasion.
  • Must have clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and be able to perceive sounds by ear.
About Us

Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric distribution utility headquartered in Piqua, Ohio. We also have a district facility in Urbana, Ohio, providing quicker response times during outage situations and continued operations in case of a disaster.

The cooperative serves nearly 17,000 residential, agricultural, commercial, and large industrial members throughout rural Miami, Champaign, and Shelby counties in west central Ohio, as well as portions of the eight surrounding counties — Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Union, Madison, Clark, Montgomery, and Darke.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From $80,000.00 per year

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
Supplemental schedule
  • On call
  • Overtime

Education: High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience: Line work: 4 years (Preferred)

License/Certification: Driver’s License and Class A CDL (Required)

Work Location: In person

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

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